Mint Artists Guild was started in 2015 as a way to help young people learn about selling their work at art fairs as they explored the variety of artists’ careers. Linda Buck and Vickie Elmer launched the first Mint creative summer jobs program in 2016, which hired four Detroit young people who painted about 23 large paintings and almost as many smaller ones.

Mint's Co-Founders

Artist / Arts Educator Linda Buck

Writer / Editor and Career Coach Vickie Elmer

Events Organizer Mark Loeb

Public Art Artist Hubert Massey

Mint's Board Members

We are a group of artists, entrepreneurs and educators who believe creativity and business work better together. New board members are added annually in November or December, often from active volunteers or our Mint Ambassadors program. Board members are expected to give time and treasure to help Mint Artists' growth. Meet the current board:

Alexis Bagley

This 21-year-old artist was born and raised in Detroit. She has created art from a very young age and really used her talent in Mint's Learn and Earn program during her senior year at Cass Tech. She loves travel and creating Afro-futurism in her creative work.

Trinity Brown

This emerging artist has been in many Mint events - and in 2018, established her own, with coaching from Mint. The Curved Emerging Artists Show is scheduled for Sept. 1 at Eastern Market, and features 50 artists under age 30. Trinity creates jewelry using copper, sterling silver and semi precious stones.

Vickie Elmer, President

A freelance writer and editor who focuses on careers and business, she co-founded the organization and leads it day to day.  Elmer also started the Magic of Art in Palmer Park in 2015 and runs Mity Nice, a social enterprise that hires teens for summer jobs.

Darold Gholston

A University of Michigan graduate, Gholston is an artist and teacher who produces music. His creative work changed from painting to sculpture after he lost most of his sight in 2009. He serves on the board of several local and statewide nonprofits.

James Gomez, Treasurer

James Gomez joined Mint as our financial lead at the end of 2017. He is an auditor and accountant with a passion for helping youth. He has worked for a major music and concert company and for smaller accounting firms. He was elected Mint's treasurer in September 2018.

Khalid Haywood

While attending the University of Michigan, he pursued studies in musicology, kinesiology and athletic training, languages and graduated with a B.A. in Shakespeare/modern drama. He moved to New York City City to start his career in personal training and business marketing, then returned to Detroit to become more engaged with the art community and to participate in Detroit's rebuilding. Currently, he serves as a customer experience agent at Michigan at Work / SER Metro and a special advisor to Sherry Arts LLC. He leads the Mint Youth Outreach Working Group.

Hubert Massey, Vice President

Massey is a revered Detroit artist and muralist.  He is the creator of major mosaics, frescos and murals in Detroit, Flint and elsewhere. He loves working with young people; his son Matthew participated in our 2015 program and he participates in education and summer jobs.

Kelly O'Neill

A retired General Motors marketing professional, Kelly O'Neill is an artist and sculptor whose work is sold at galleries and art fairs. She had a booth across from Mint Artists at the Funky Ferndale Art Fair in 2017, and soon after became a Mint Ambassador. Mrs. O'Neill created the Mint videos and YouTube channel before Mint Masterpieces. She leads the Mint Marketing Working Group.

Pamela Hilliard Owens

Hilliard Owens owns and leads Detroit-based businesses offering copywriting and editing, book publishing, and branding and marketing services to clients around the world. She is a former high school and middle school teacher, former college instructor, former corporate sales manager, and is a life member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She leads Mint’s education working group.

James Purrington

An associate at Dickinson-Wright, he specializes in patents and intellectual property law. He's a graduate of the Thomas M. Cooley School of Law at Western Michigan University and works from the law firm's Troy offices. He helped Mint Artists develop an employment agreement (pro bono) and is interested in working with our youth on intellectual property law.

De'Shaia Ventour

This Mint Artist works in duct tape, attends Cass Technical High School and is very entrepreneurial. She has been part of the Mint Learn & Earn group for two years and worked for Detroit Fiber Works (a connection she made through Mint). Connect with her on Instagram.

Linda Whitaker

 

A retired Detroit Public Schools principal, Linda Whitaker has a leadership role in the Detroit Fine Arts Breakfast Club. She loves youth and art and she and her husband, David, have one of the best private collections of art in the city of Detroit.

 

Margaret Wilson, Secretary

A retired Detroit Public Schools assistant principal, Wilson has worked as a counselor for a housing organization and has volunteered in the community. She is an active art collector.

Check out our page on all the ways you can get involved with Mint.